The programme ‘newsmaker’ caught my eye last week when I saw it used in a junior syndicate’s literacy programme. This programme makes you feel like a newsreader, you add text which scrolls as you read it. The whole session is captured via your webcam. Tonight I made the most of my free seven day trial and got my own kids to retell about the party that had been to the night before. As you can see that went over-board with the effects!! Newsmaker is an extremely user-friendly programme that can easily be integrated into any literacy programme; it has huge potential for developing written and oral language skills. Files are saved in wmv. format so are easily uploaded to you-tube for embedding.
Download the free trial here
Cost is $990 NZ dollars for unlimited site license.
Smaller schools (under 200 students) can combine and purchase one unlimited license.
See newsmaker site to order.